Recently I read an article by Pastor Roger Anghis, wherein he commented about much of the educational fertilizer being spread abroad in public schools, and he was correct There was only one place I disagreed with him. He noted that “We are seeing stupidity reign in our seats of power. Things that you would never even think about fifty years ago are gong mainstream now.” I maintain that this is not a result of stupidity. It has been planned that way. It is all on purpose. Those people now promoting what goes on, at least most of them, know full well what they are doing and why.
Pastor Anghis observed, and correctly so, that “The absolute perversion in our schools, with drag shows and porn in the libraries, and the character of the teachers that… are allowed to teach our kids is appalling… Our teacher’s unions have taken the stand that parents have no right to determine what children learn…”
The idea there is that, at bottom, the kids really belong to the state and parents are only the surrogates that the state lets help them in raising the state’s children. Sorry to say, but this is not a new concept. I’ve been studying, and writing for over fifty years now, and I can remember that idea being put forth by public educrats over fifty years ago now – and it wasn’t new then! It really stretches back, in some form, into the late 1800s, when a few states made it a crime for parents to criticize their kid’s teachers in the presence of the kids! The idea back then was, though not explicitly stated, that the teacher’s word was law instead of what Mom or Dad said.
All they’ve done now is to take it to a higher level. The educrat’s agenda would have been, fifty years ago, what it is today if they felt they could have gotten away with it. But they were astute enough to know parents would not have stood for it, so they bided their time, two generations of it, all the while working to radicalize the students in those two generations. And while they weren’t completely successful, they felt they had made enough progress so that they can promote the educational offal they are currently turning out.
They tried promoting this educational tripe in Kanawha County, West Virginia back in 1974-75, and the parents revolted against it. It went over like the proverbial lead balloon. I wonder if the parents would turn out now to resist it in the numbers they did back then – almost fifty years ago. And I don’t say that to knock West Virginians by any means. I think the West Virginia situation was a public school experiment to see how much they could get away with, how much the parents would put up with. Once they figured that out, they knew how to plan for a more radical plan for public school kids. Once they found out, they could adjust their schedules accordingly.
If you wonder today why so many kids hate their country, look no further than what they were taught in public school history and economics classes. Look at the obvious leftist slant of some of the teachers picked up in the leftist colleges they attended, or even worse, in some of the schools they went to high school in! Much of what passes for “history” in high schools anymore is little short of overt leftist propaganda. I’ve seen quotes from some public school teachers that would cause Karl Marx to blush! And, no, I am not indicting all public school teachers. I’ve known a few good ones, but there are those among their number that are bad news for the kids they indoctrinate (not educate).
I read an article the late Gary North, where he referenced a book by theologian R. J. Rushdoony, The Messianic Character of American Education that “The philosophy of the statists who designed American public schools was messianistic… goes through the primary sources of three dozen of these social experiments … These men were open about what they were attempting to do: reform the American people and American society through tax-funded education. They disagreed with each other on pedagogical methods, but they were united in their argument that the state, not parents, should be in charge of the education of all children. The state would then become the redeeming agent of society. It would replace church and family as agents of redemption.” And the public school was to be the seminary for this statist “redemption” in open (now) competition with the church. This is nothing more than a breaking of the Commandment “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Public education was to be the state’s attempt to create a god in its own image.
Once Christians can grasp and understand this, there is no reason for them to support public education any longer – in fact they should separate from it and find other methods to educate their children. The public school is a competing deity, a false god that cannot save, only destroy. All you have to do to grasp that is to look where it came from (Unitarianism and socialism) and look where it has taken our children up to and including now!
May 28, 2023
~ The Author ~
Al Benson Jr. is the editor and publisher of “The Copperhead Chronicle“, a quarterly newsletter that presents history from a pro-Southern and Christian perspective. He has written for several publications over the years. His articles have appeared in “The National Educator,” “The Free Magnolia,” and the “Southern Patriot.” I addition he was the editor of, and wrote for, “The Christian Educator” for several years. In addition to The Copperhead Chronicles, Al also maintains Revised History.
He is currently a member of the Confederate Society of America and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and has, in the past, been a member of the John Birch Society. He is the co-author, along with Walter D. Kennedy, of the book “Lincoln’s Marxists” and he has written for several Internet sites as well as authoring a series of booklets, with tests, dealing with the War of Northern Aggression, for home school students.
Mr. Benson is a highly respected scholar and writer and has graciously allowed the family of Kettle Moraine Publications to publish his works. We are proud to have his involvement with each of our projects.
He and his wife now live in northern Louisiana.